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|Jim Kelly is progressing so "remarkably well" two weeks after surgery to have cancer removed from his jaw Youth Paul Worrilow Jersey , his doctor expects the Hall of Fame quarterback to be released from the hospital soon.
"I'm very optimistic," said Mount Sinai head and neck surgeon Mark Urken in a 20-minute video interview released Friday by the New York City hospital. "He is about as tough a patient 鈥?tough in a good way 鈥?in terms of being just incredibly courageous, and he continues to amaze me."
Though Kelly is still unable to chew, he is now being fed orally in what Urken called: "a huge milestone and a segue for him to be able to leave the hospital." Urken did not provide an exact timetable of when the former Bills star might be discharged and return to his home in suburban Buffalo.
A Mount Sinai official was only able to say Kelly won't be released from the hospital on Friday.
Urken said he's very optimistic Kelly will regain the same speech and eating functions as he had before undergoing the 12-hour operation. Several follow-up procedures will be required, including having dentures inserted into Kelly's upper jaw.
"I expect that he's going to recover really excellent function; his speech, I expect will be outstanding," Urken said. "And I really expect that he will be able to resume a normal diet once we get him fitted with teeth."
Kelly was required to have surgery after tests revealed a recurrence of oral cancer nearly five years after initially being diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. The 58-year-old Kelly had been cancer-free since September 2014.
The operation involved doctors first removing the cancer from Kelly's palate and portions of the bone that support his teeth on the right side of his face. Doctors were also required to address the left jawbone, which had previously been reconstructed after it had weakened as a result of radiation therapy.
Doctors then reconstructed Kelly's jaw by transferring bone from his fibula, as well as using skin grafts from his calf to re-line his oral cavity. Blood vessels also had to be transferred to allow for proper circulation to the affected area.
"Everything is a little bit more challenging when a patient's been previously irradiated," Urken said. "It slows the healing process. It leads to more swelling and a lot more intensive recovery and nursing care."
Urken credited Kelly's wife http://www.packersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-josh-jackson-jersey , Jill, two daughters and brothers for providing round the clock support.
Jill Kelly released a statement thanking fans for their support, and reminding people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer.
"We are so thankful that Jim continues to make progress every day," she said. "His recovery will take time and patience. We look forward to being out of the hospital soon."
Urken stressed Kelly's resilience by noting that was something the quarterback was known for during an 11-year NFL career with the Bills which ended with him retiring after the 1996 season. Kelly oversaw a team that lost four consecutive Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s.
"He's just been remarkable," Urken said. "Given his history and playing in the NFL, just imagining what it was like being a quarterback under assault. I think all of that was great preparation for taking on this huge challenge."
Operating in the middle of the Baltimore Ravens defensive line, Brandon Williams is expected to bang helmets with one or two 300-pound brutes before pushing them aside so one of his teammates can make the tackle.
Although the task is instrumental to the success of Baltimore's gritty defense, it often goes unnoticed by the casual fan and does not produce impressive statistical numbers.
"I'm totally fine with what I do," Williams said after practice Monday. "I know it's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it and I'm happy to raise my hand and volunteer. As long as my guys have my back and are making plays around me Carlos Zambrano Jersey , that's all I care about."
Told it's not exactly a sexy job, the 6-foot-1, 336-pound Williams smiled and said, "Oh, it's sexy. As long as I'm there, it's sexy."
Drafted in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Missouri Southern State, Williams has been Baltimore's starting nose tackle for the past five years. He follows a long line of players who have effectively filled an unglamorous, pivotal position.
"A lot of interior linemen who have come through here and had the honor of being considered a Raven for life, the No. 1 thing they had was toughness," Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs said.
"Can you be mentally tough? Can you physically dominate the man across from you? I think Brandon Williams embodies that. He can be considered in the rare group of the Tony Siragusas Cheap Calvin Ridley Jersey , the Kelly Greggs, the Haloti Ngatas."
The Ravens showed their appreciation to Williams in 2017 when they provided him with a five-year contract rather than allow him to test free agency.
Last year, he started the first two games, both of them victories in which Baltimore allowed a total of 10 points and forced 10 turnovers.
Williams missed the next four games with a foot injury, and the Ravens won only one of them.
"When we lost him, we sunk a little bit," defensive line coach Joe Cullen said. "Brandon is the epitome of what you want an inside tackle to be. He's really quick for a big guy, but so strong he can get big knock-back at the point of attack."
Williams has 188 career tackles, 4陆 sacks and one touchdown 鈥?on a fumble recovery he took in from the 1.
These facts and figures do nothing to convey his importance to the Ravens.
"I'm a big Brandon Williams fan," coach John Harbaugh said. "Ask the offensive line coaches and the offensive linemen around the league how they feel about blocking him. He's a force in there. He takes up two blockers Youth Tre'Quan Smith Jersey , sometimes more. He's very stout.
"You want great players everywhere, but in the middle of your defense it's important to have an anchor that can keep people from running inside and can create better angles for your defense. It's nice to have a big, physical run stopper. The Ravens have always had that. It's really been a staple here historically."
Williams certainly doesn't mind being Baltimore's next man in the middle, but he's not interested in merely carrying on a tradition that began long ago.
"I want to play how I play," Williams said. "I'm not Haloti, even though he was a great player and I learned a lot from him. I want to do my own thing, just be whatever I can be for the team."